Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Stockings Were Hung By The Chimney With Care Christmas Card

Hello everyone!  Can you believe it is December already?  My how time flies when you are having fun.  And speaking of fun, I am having so much fun with Pam Bray's new Christmas stamp sets.  

If you know anything about me, you know I love dimension, and I found this fabulous pop-up fireplace card on my Silhouette.  It was just what I needed to hang my stamped Christmas stockings and place my gift box.  Yeah, only one gift so far, but it is early.  LOL

Here is the front of the card.  I folded a print card stock in half to make a 5" x 7" card, stamped and colored  Santa onto white card stock and cut around him, adhering to a 3" doily.  Dear Santa ... was stamped onto a note card from the paper collection, and a Santa definition from my Silhouette added.
And here is what you see on the inside.  Isn't this fabulous?  I cut the pop-up out in full once, and two more times in the parts I needed so I could have the base (beige), the red bricks (red), and the wooden mantel (tan).  I ran the tan mantel piece through a woodgrain embossing folder and darkened the grain with a brown ink.  The red piece was embossed with a brick embossing folder and highlighted with a white ink.  Now to hang the stockings with care, and set the first present nearby.  
Here is a view from above.  You can see the stamped sentiment from Pam's Christmas Collection 2, stamped in green StazOn and die cut with a fancy labels die.
Here is a close-up view of those cute stockings and present that I stamped onto white card stock, colored and cut out to hang on the mantel.  I used a red Pico embellisher pen to make the berry dots on the garland, and on the stockings.


Sin City Stamps:  Pam's Christmas Collection and Pam's Christmas Collection 2
Spellbinders Fancy Labels die
Card stock:  white, beige, tan, red, 
Copic markers in reds, greens, yellows
Ink Pads:  Green StazOn, Memories Black, brown distress, white chalk 
Irresistible Pico Embellisher: Love Letter Red

Thanks for stopping by today, and please be sure to check back often.  I am going to be sharing some more fun Christmas cards using these two stamp sets, and of course, there is always so much more inspiration from the rest of the team.  

Have a wonderful, creative week!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Journaling Fun

Hello! Peggy here to show you a two page journal with a jingle kinda theme...I'm just in that kind of mood lately ya know with the tree an all already up. Haha So, this month we are partnering with Cottonwood Arts. 
Molding paste
Stazon blue ink
White gesso
Water colors
Dictionary paper
glue or matte medium

The first thing I did was sketch out a santa face so I knew approx. where he would be on both pages. Then I got out my stamps and white gesso. I stamped randomly with my unmounted stamps using gesso as a resist. Next I watercolored a blue background.
I used red gelatos to bring out that resist. More background stamping this time with blue stazon ink.
Time for texture! But before this stage I used dictionary paper for a mustash. Next the molding paste. Like icing a cake! 

 I used copic markers to color his face
 More stamping with white gesso, rolling my stamp over the page with a brick background. And now embellishments with some fussy cutting and glue.

I hope you have enjoyed my goofy side as much as I had fun making it! Thank you to Cottonwoodarts our november sponsor
I hope I have inspired you to create your own goofy side!.
Thank you for joining me! Stamps and Stencils and much more can be found at Sin City Stamps
Terri Sproul,  Peggy Oliver, 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Butterfly Canvases

Hello! It's Gracie. This month Sin City Stamps has partnered with Cottonwood Arts. I've used their excellent canvases for various projects of mine, and today I want to share a set of butterfly canvases I've colored and embellished.

Though I have presented these canvases individually, I had the intention of coordinating their design to hang them together as a set. I used 6"x 6" round corner canvases.

Check out How to Make a 3D Embellished Canvas With Pan Pastels by Gracie CH on Snapguide.

Check out How to Make a Shabby Chic Canvas Using a Gelli Plate by Gracie CH on Snapguide.

I hope you are inspired to get some Cottonwood canvases to try out some or many of the techniques we've been sharing with you this month! If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment here or at my blog!

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dear Santa Card by Pam Bray

Dear Santa...... Don't you love my stockings that I have stamped and colored using my SinCity Christmas Stamp Set. I began by layering green and brown card stock that I distress using my Tim Holtz distress tool and placing them on a white card base using my Xyron Tape Runner.
Stamp and color three sets of stockings using your favorite markers...I used Copic Markers.  Once colored...fussy cut and layer them together using pop dots and place on card front using your Xyron Tape Runner.
Add a couple of clothespins to the front of the card front to make it look like the Christmas Stockings are hanging from the string. Add a small red twine bow to each stocking along with a "Dear Santa" sentiment that I cut from the paper collection. I hope you check out my Christmas Stamp Set from SinCity Stamps as well as other products in the store. Hugs Pammejo
Authentique Christmas collection
Red and Tan Twine
Copic Markers
Green and Brown Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Tool
Black Memento Ink
White Card Base
Two Clothespins

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I am having a total of 9 people for Thanksgiving dinner this year and thought pretty place cards would be perfect for my table.  I only have 4 so far, I better get busy!!

Score both sides of the cold press block in the center. 

By scoring (not cutting) the cold press block on both sides, you get a perfectly folded card.

I squeezed some paint on my craft mat and mixed them to tone down the yellow and make the orange.

Using the removable adhesive I put a 1.5" x 2" piece of cardstock in the center of one side of the place card.  This space will be saved for the names.

Use all of the colors to paint the blocks, make sure to show the different shades of yellow, orange and red.  When the paint is dry, stamp the leaves with brown ink and let them dry.  Then remove the cardstock from the center.

Add the names and embellish the place cards with pearls and leaves.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Believe In The Magic of Christmas!!! by Pam Bray

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving isn't til Thursday but with the Christmas music playing in all of the store, holiday decorations everywhere you go and seeing so many post sharing Christmas Cards it just gets you in the mood to make a few Christmas Cards and decorations yourself. So I pulled out my SinCity Stamps - Christmas Collection and made a card using the Snowman Snow Globe Stamp.
 I began by stamping the image onto white card stock using Black Memento Ink and coloring it in with Copic Markers, fussy cut it out, inked the edges with brown ink and placed it to one side....
 because I first had to layer my white card base.  I began with embossing a piece of blue card stock with a Snowflake Embossing Folder, added it to the top of the card front, added a piece of pattern paper to the bottom. Using a journal block from the collection I stamped  "Believe in the Magic of Christmas" sentiment from the same set with black Memento ink.  Placing the sentiment  to the front of my card and adding a brown strip of paper along with some blue gemstones.  Once I had it in place I placed my Snowman Globe image on top using pop dots. 
I continued the same theme on the inside of my card to give it a finished look. I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas Card and I am sure there will be more to come. Please check out the SinCity Store to see all the products that are available and of course check out my Christmas Collection Stamp Set. Hugs Pammejo
Authentique Paper Collection
Chestnut Roan Ink
Black Memento Ink
Copic Makers
Pop Dots
Xyron Adhesive

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Christmas Cards in Ten Minutes

Hello all!  So glad to see you today.  I hope everyone is staying warm and cozy on these cold days.  With this cold weather comes the desire to get a start on my Christmas cards.  I just got this stamp set of adorable penguins, and a very Victorian style girl holding a sign.  I could hardly wait to put stamps to paper and get started coloring and embellishing.

My first card uses this adorable penguin from the Penguins on Ice stamp set.

Directions for Penguin Card:

1.  Cut olive card stock to 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", fold in half to make 4-1/4" x 5-1/2 side folded card.

2.  Trim red print paper to 4" x 5-1/4", adhere to card front.

3.  Use Labels 22 die to cut gold card stock layer.   Stamp penguin onto white card stock with Memento black ink and use smaller size Labels 22 die to cut out.  Stamp Merry Christmas onto a scrap of white card stock with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.

I find it is always best to stamp my image first, then determine which dies I have will work best.  
4.   Color image with Copic markers, edge with Vintage Photo distress ink to give it an aged look.  Use pop dots to adhere this piece to the larger gold print die cut layer, then to the card front, as shown.

5.  Trim stamped sentiment with a straight ruler, then use decorative edge scissors to trim both sides.  Edge with Vintage Photo distress ink and adhere to card front below focal image.
6.  Punch 8-9 holly leaves from the green print paper.  Edge with Peeled Paint distress ink and glue beneath pop dotted focal image in upper right and lower left corners.
7.  Add Crystal glitter glue to hat and snowflakes.

Directions for Vintage girl holding blank sign:
1.  Cut Cherry Red card stock to 6"x12", fold in half to make a 6" square top folded card.

2.  Trim print striped paper to 5-3/4" square.  Use decorative corner punch on all four sides and edge with Krylon gold leaf pen.

3.  Stamp holly in upper left and lower right corners, first with Olive Green Pastel chalk ink.   Using a stamp positioner, stamp the holly again using the Memento Cottage Ivy ink.  This brings back the fine detail lines over the chalk ink, while the chalk ink acts as a colored-in background. 
In the photo above, the upper left image is stamped with the chalk ink only.  The image below shows the detail after stamping over the chalk ink.
4.  Adhere this layer to the card front.

5. Using the larges oval frame die, cut out the green print  and the white card stocks.  Stamp and color the girl holding blank sign image on the white oval and edge with Vintage Photo distress ink.
6.  Sponge Olive Pastel chalk ink through the die on the green print paper.  I removed the center before adding the ink, so the paper frame is underneath the green metal die in the photo below.
7.  I adhered all pieces together, and offset the green print framed piece over the white framed piece before attaching to the front.

8.  Punch three snowflakes from gold vellum and stamp one of the small snowflakes in the center with Emerald Green StazOn ink.
9.  Make a double bow with the gold rayon seam binding and adhere around the top of the frame, adding one of the snowflakes to the center of the bow.
10.  Adhere the two remaining snowflakes to the lower left side of the frame, pop dotting only one snowflake for dimension.


Sin City Stamps:  Penguins on Ice
Dies: Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two; Lea'bilities frame oval curves
DCWV Christmas Made paper stack
Card stock:  Olive Green; Cherry Red; Gold Vellum, White
Copic Markers:  R37, R39, YG21, YG 23, E71,
Snowflake punch (Emaginations)
Fiskars decorative corner punch
Holly leaf punch (McGill)
Stamp positioner
Ink Pads:  Olive Green Pastel Chalk; Memento Cottage Ivy, Black; Blue Hawaii and Emerald Green StazOn; Vintage Photo distress
Stickles Crystal glitter glue
Ruby red glitter Liner
Krylon gold leaf pen
Colored pencils:  black, white, flesh
Gold seam binding

Whether you are making 1, 10, or 100 Christmas cards this year, both of these cards can be made very quickly.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and that I have inspired you to get busy on your card making for the holidays.

So be sure to stop by the Sin City Stamps online store for all your seasonal stamps, and check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team on the SCS Blog.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful and creative weekend!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas Owl Card

Welcome to Sin City Stamps.
Today we have our first real snowfall. 
It really made me think more about Christmas.
I was thinking of these adorable owls so I had to do a Christmas card.

Supplies Used:

Patterned Paper
Homemade Texture Paste.. snowflake stencil
Aleen's glitter snow and Crystal Stickles. Glossy Accents.
MS branch punch., copics

Using the stencil I added texture paste to the patterned paper.
I used a serrated part of a knife so the lines would be ridged.

I stamped the owl and the sentiment.

I am not sure whether you can tell or not but I Stickled some snowflakes.

I coloured the owl with copics...
I punched a lot of the MS branches in white.
I added the owl and branches to the white branches.
I added Aleen's snow to the white branches.

Simple but cute... 
thanks for stopping by ...

(I believe there is new stamps.....)

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